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63 days ago

Hone Your Skills - 106 replies

I’d like to start this forum topic for LJ’s to share their sharpening methods and pose questions. I searched and found several forum topics but all geared towards something more specific, so I was hoping that this thread could serve as a general sharpening forum for questions, techniques, pro-tips, etc. My current sharpening meth...

92 days ago

The Last Steam Powered Lumber Mill in North America - 11 replies

Hull Oakes Lumber Mill is in Monroe, Oregon, about 2 hours south of Portland, it’s said to be the last steam powered mill in North America. Just wanted to share a few videos because I think it’s pretty cool. Our company has been doing some spraying for them over the last few years and the employees that do the job said it’s j...

261 days ago

How to Sharpen a Pencil - 28 replies

David Rees' How to Sharpen Pencils video, it’s a gem! It’s a little long but give it time. I searched LJ’s figuring someone had already posted a link to this but didn’t didn’t find anything so apologies if this has already been seen around here. Steve Ramsey posted a link to this video on Facebook yesterday. ...

275 days ago

Baked Ash Suitable for a Tote? - 5 replies

A couple months ago I was picking up some scrap lumber from a local hardwood supplier and I came across two pieces of this dark looking wood, the employee told me it was also Ash that had been baked. He said that it still cuts and works like regular Ash but a little bit easier. I’m not sure if when he said ‘baked’, if he me...

297 days ago

Router Plane Blades - 2 replies

Does anyone know of a source other than LV or Lie Nielsen to buy a router plane blade? Every plane/router blade on Stanley’s site is no longer available, and I can’t find anything on Amazon or eBay that is a better option than Lee Valley. It doesn’t have to fit any specific router plane, as I am planning on building a shop-ma...

332 days ago

What could I trade this scroll saw for? - 6 replies

I have this Dremel 16” scroll saw model 1671 that was given to me by a co-worker who retired about a year ago (he was moving across the country and didn’t use it anymore). I have only used it once, and I know he used it very little, it is in great shape. I also just got a bandsaw over the weekend, and I just don’t see my se...

347 days ago

Accidental Circular Saw Jig - 11 replies

Have you ever been working outside with your circular saw and never know where/how to set it down after making a cut (especially if you practice safety like me and keep the blade guard pinned up so you aren’t constantly screwing with it)? I don’t always keep my blade guard pinned up out of the way but it’s the only way I can m...

385 days ago

Retaining Wall Advice - 8 replies

I posted this on Home Refurbers because I thought it would be better suited for that site, but I noticed that there are about 1/8th as many people on HR than here on LJ’’s, and when I looked I was the only one online, no one has even viewed the post lol! And I know a lot of you builders probably have experience doing this type of wo...

386 days ago

Stumbled upon these today - 5 replies

I was on my lunch today, taking a picture of this stone wall down by a local library because I am in the middle of a stone project and it was the same stones. Anyway, right there next to the library is a antique shop and I decided to see if they had any planes around… Well sure enough I found three, this first one was just in too good sha...

469 days ago

More Old tools (Saws) - 11 replies

My Pops gave me some more old tools, 10 hand saws to be exact. The 3 on the top are Disstons, although I’m not sure which model, I will have to look them up. The 2nd one is a smaller Disston that my Dad said his Dad gave him when he was a kid, its a pretty cool small saw. The 4th one is a Simona (I think?) and all the others sawy &#...

486 days ago

Cool Old Tools - 21 replies

So my old man gave me this case of tools that belonged to his Dad, I never met him because he passed away when my Dad was only about 9 years old. My grandpa was quite the wood worker though, and he built this case to carry around when he did little jobs for people, it had some of his hand drills, saws, hand planes and drill bits, and probably t...

520 days ago

Box advice - 5 replies

Hi all, I am looking for a little advice from you box guru’s! A couple weeks ago I made a box joint jig for my TS, and I was all excited about it after the joints turned out pretty nice on my first try. So I went to a local Hardwood company and came across some really nice cherry for $3 a BF, it has some beautiful grain patterns in it ...

535 days ago

Help & Advice on ZCI insert for Hitachi TS - 20 replies

Hi LJ’s. I need some help with my table saw. I’m racking my brain trying to make a zero clearance insert for my Hitachi table saw. I’ve watch many videos on ZCI’s and thought I wouldn’t have such a problem making one. I’ve made 2 so far – the 1st one I made was with 3/8” plywood and I ruined it...


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